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[MSP] Bangkok Thai Deli, University Ave St. Paul?

Thank you for your thoughtful suggestions - you're right, he could very well have been illiterate. The card was English on one side, Thai on the other, and he flipped it back and forth.

I do cook Thai food at home, so there is some familiarity - the problem is the fish sauce, used in every Thai recipe I've seen (sometimes contains wheat), and the concern that restaurants may not use the traditional thai style soy sauces, brewed without wheat (used in non-curry dishes). Also, MSG that is imported can contain gluten, and while my cookbooks do not include MSG as an ingredient, I suspect it is used in restaurants.

Sen Yai Sen Lek has a gluten free menu, and a lovely owner in Joe, but the last few times I have gone, I have gotten sick.

Even though it sometimes feels that it is not worth the hassle, or is pointless, I still keep hoping I can enjoy the wonderful foods I used to, before getting ill. Thank God I'm a decent cook! :)

Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Aug 31, 2010
zennenn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

[MSP] Bangkok Thai Deli, University Ave St. Paul?

I also have celiac disease and brought a card written in Thai to the restaurant, and the owner tried to tell me I couldn't have salt, therefore there was nothing I could eat. He misread the card and was looking at the CAN HAVE section instead of CAN'T HAVE. This misunderstanding took a great deal of time to reach in the first place, since I had to convince him to take the card, read the card, and not just ignore me (he kept trying to wave me off), and a great deal of time to explain. Finally, after a painful 10 minutes of arguing about what I could or couldn't eat, with a language barrier, even with a card in Thai, I was told the only thing I could eat was the spring rolls, and they had to be specially made. Very depressing for me, and for the poor owner.

Aug 27, 2010
zennenn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wedding RSVP etiquette - no vegetarain option

I am someone with food allergies who also thinks you should keep quiet about your preference of food. You do not know whether it really would be easy to get an alternate meal. The caterer may charge more for a custom plate, they may put the kebabs together ahead of time and then take them apart to give you just veggies, and they will be marinated with chicken juices, etc.

At the very least, the fact that there are strongly differing opinions would tell me to not make a special request. You risk offending the bride and groom by essentially pointing out their poor planning and lack of consideration.

Aug 03, 2010
zennenn in Not About Food

Gluten-free AND authentic? Chinese dumplings, please.

It is possible to make gluten free potsticker/dumpling dough. There is a great recipe here:

This is a great blog in general, and the post I linked to refers to several recipes for dumpling dough. I hope this helps!


Mar 16, 2010
zennenn in Home Cooking

Fun with pressure canning - tuna, sardines and mackerel

I'm excited to give it a whirl! I wouldn't mind a little pickling, and discoloring wouldn't matter so much to me, but I am worried about the herb/spice additions, or maybe the red wine vinegar going "off" in flavor after canning.

It seems like the only recipes out there are for putting ketchup in the jar to make the fish seem like salmon. Thank you for your vote of confidence!

Sep 09, 2009
zennenn in Home Cooking

Fun with pressure canning - tuna, sardines and mackerel

I am planning to safely pressure can fish over the next few weeks, and I am looking for fun flavor combos that will survive the hour plus canning time, and still taste delicious. Some flavors can better than others, and I have never canned fish before.

I'm looking for modern, bright flavors. For mackerel I was thinking of peppercorns, juniper berries, red wine and a little wine vinegar.

For tuna, I'm thinking I'll just use a really good olive oil, and that's it.

What do you think? Has anyone canned fish before? What are your favorite additions?


Sep 08, 2009
zennenn in Home Cooking

Bird's Custard - MSP

It's so funny - I must be the Cub cheerleader here - I find they often carry imports that are difficult to find elsewhere. I have seen Bird's custard at the Cub on University in St. Paul, and the one on Lake street sounds like they also have a good international section. Not all Cubs do.

Ingredients Needed (Twin Cities)

As odd as it may seem, some Cub stores have a great selection of Goya products. Goya has a passion fruit juice that is 100% juice - hopefully all passionf ruit!

MSP Cafe Agri???

I am gluten intolerant, but I did not lose my tastebuds with my diagnosis. LOL

I ate there once and found my food to be bland and watery. I have delicious, safe meals at places like Heartland and Ngon, who are able to work around my diet restrictions beautifully. My two cents.

I admit I would be thrilled if a gluten free restaurant opened that was on a par with our best local offerings.

MSP: Fresh, Local Thanksgiving Turkey?

As of this morning Callister Farms turkeys were still available at Golden Fig - resrved mine at 10 am!

MSP former My T Fine-- now Agri? scoop?

I don't know why gluten free grilled cheese is unfathomable - people like me with celiac disease might want to have a grilled cheese sandwich in a restaurant! I'm glad you mentioned it - this place is now on my list of must-try restaurants.

Any other hounds interested in Gluten Free eating in MSP?

Great tip about their website - thank you! I'll have to make a special trip for those citrus muffins.

Mar 21, 2008
zennenn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Any other hounds interested in Gluten Free eating in MSP?

My husband and I just got back from a great meal at Ngon Bistro. I had emailed ahead to see if they would be comfortable with gluten free restrictions,and they were! I bought some dining cards online to bring with me to give to the kitchen so they knew exactly what ingredients could be a problem, and I had a great bowl of pho. Most of the phos and several other menu items are GF.

Mar 18, 2008
zennenn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Any other hounds interested in Gluten Free eating in MSP?

Autmommy, what are your other reliables? Would love to know. Thanks!

Mar 11, 2008
zennenn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Any other hounds interested in Gluten Free eating in MSP?

I have been wondering about Cooqi too, and have started a gluten free diet recently. I tried it this weekend, and had the best loaf of gluten free bread yet, and very tasty brownies, molasses cookies and choc chip cookies. The bread is much lighter in texture than most GF breads. The best part about the bread is that it actually tastes like something!

I have not gotten tests back to determine whether I am Celiac, but I know for people with Celiac disease Asian restaurants can be difficult because there is wheat in most soy sauce, some wasabi pastes have wheat in them, even sushi rice vinegar can consist of partially wheat based vinegar. And the wrost part is, restaurant staff may sincerely believe their meals to be gluten free because they don't know those products I mentioned contain wheat. People who are not Celiac probably don't need to be quite so vigilant.

I hope to hear of more first hand accounts of enjoyable gluten free meals!

Mar 10, 2008
zennenn in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP Nala Pak or Mysore?

It's taken longer than I thought it would, but we finally made it to Mysore. My friends' babysitter fell through, so my husband and I went *this* Friday for the buffet. We thought it was very good. I felt the complimentary dosa could have had more filling, but it was tasty. The items in the buffet were brightly flavored and nicely cooked. Nothing stewed beyond recognition, no muddy flavors. Standouts were the paneer in a tomato/cream sauce and the chili idlis. The uppams were comforting and delicious. We will definitely go back. I wasn't real excited about their veggie pakora, thought it was heavy, but not many places have a light hand with those. Still looking forward to trying the other, I'm sure excellent, recommendations. We just had our kitchen remodeled, and I am now so happy to have my kitchen back that going out to eat doesn't have much appeal right now, but I know I'll be back in the saddle soon! Thank you again to all.

MSP Nala Pak or Mysore?

Thanks everyone! I think this time we'll try Mysore, and I'll have to get over to Nala Pak to try it again too. And the other great suggestions here! I'll report back.

MSP Nala Pak or Mysore?

I have been a lurker for a while, and I have really enjoyed reading all the posts here about Twin Cities chow.

I used to love Udupi Cafe, and tried Nala Pak once after it opened and thought it was not as good as Udupi, but still good.

Here's my dilemma: I want to introduce some friends to Indian food fairly inexpensively, but it still needs to be a restaurant. They are parents of young kids and want to get their money's worth out of paying for a babysitter! Also, I don't want to make them travel much further west than Mpls/Columbia Heights.

I love the dosas at Nala Pak, but have not been there in quite a while.

Has anyone been there recently? If you have, would you say Mysore is better? I have not been to Mysore yet.

Thank you!